Year of birth : 1968
Age: 47 years
Birth Place : New Haven, United States
Citizenship : United States
Carpenters (Carpenters), American pop - rock duo. Formed in 1968 in New Haven, Cincinnati. THE CARPENTERS career began in the late 1960s. ,when Richard Carpenter (Richard Carpenter) (p 15 October 1946, New Haven.) , his sister Karen (Karen Carpenter) (May 2, 1950, New Haven - 4 February 1983 Dawley, CA) and Weight Jacobs (Wes Jacobs) recorded two not very successful album at a local California studio.
Their team, called THE RICHARD CARPENTER TRIO,won in 1966 in the contest of young groups "Battle of the Bands", held at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl stadium. The first prize was the opportunity to make a professional recording on "RCA" studio. Soon Jacobs left the trio, and Richard made a new attempt to create a group. Student band called SPECTRUM collapsed in 1968. Carpenter began to perform a duet. Karen became a leading soloist and drummer, and Richard - a pianist and backing vocalist, and producer, composer and arranger. After a few demos, they signed a contract with the company "A & M" and released their debut album "Offering".Clear sound and simple tune their compositions favorably differed from the prevailing style, and then allowed the young team to win the love of the audience. The beginning of a brilliant career was their version of the song Burt Bacharach and Hal David (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) (They Long to Be) Close to You, on the album "Close to You" (1970). The album was recognized as the "gold ", THE CARPENTERS received two "Grammy" (in the category " Best New Band of the Year" and " Best Pop Album") Award. In 1971, Richard and Karen made a tour around the world and created his own television show "Make your own kind of music". For two years (1970-72) , the duo recorded six songs which have got into the top five. Cooperation with the best songwriters and musicians provided the runaway success of the collection of songs 1969-73, which has become one of the best selling albums in the history of pop music. He stayed in the charts of 115 weeks. The duo has released 12 CDs, 10 of which have become "gold". During the eleven years of creativity 20 of their songs were in the Top 40. The first half of the 1970s. It was marked by intensive work in the studio and large concert tours. In 1974 at the invitation of the President, Carpenter made in the White House. Loads accounted for musicians, Karen forced to give up playing the drums during the tour, her health deteriorated. In the late seventies personal problems and decline in popularity nearly caused the collapse of the duo. Karen tried to start a solo career. In 1981 the last album "Made in America" was released, which had quite a big commercial success. Composition Touch me when we`re dancing took first place in the hit parade of easy rock Billboard.But Karen `s health continued to deteriorate. She died in February 1983. Richard Carpenter concentrated on producers` activities and reissue the band`s albums. "Time" In 1987 he released a solo album. Recognition THE CARPENTERS was the creation in 1994 of the album "If I Were a Carpenter",which includes the composition of super popular seventies duet, performed by the leading representatives of the alternative rock (SONIC YOUTH, CRACKER and CRANBERRIES). Discography : OFFERING [Ticket to Ride] (A & M, 1969) CLOSE TO YOU (A & M, 1970) THE CARPENTERS (Universal, 1971) BLESS THE BEASTS AND THE CHILDREN (A & M, 1971) A SONG FOR YOU (A & M,1972) NOW & THEN (A&M, 1973) HORIZON (A&M, 1975) LIVE IN JAPAN (Import, 1975) A KIND OF HUSH (A&M, 1976) PASSAGE (A&M, 1977) LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM (A&M, 1977) CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT (A&M, 1978) MADE IN AMERICA (Import, 1981) VOICE OF THE HEART (A&M, 1983) AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS (A&M, 1984)